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Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

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    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

Recent Posts

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.

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COOPER, JAMES H S, Democratic Party
Tennessee

Total number of trips - 14
Total cost of trips - $57,435.78

Average cost per trip - $4,102.56
Total number of days spent traveling - 52 days
Rank of representative - 103 (Out of 638)


Individual trips


Sponsor(s) - Public Governance Institute
Dates - February 28, 2003 - March 2, 2003 (3 days)
Location(s) - White Sulphur Springs, WV

Purpose - Congressional Retreat 2003
Notes - Spouse Martha and three children accompanied. Public Governance Institute paid through a grant by the Annenberg Foundation Trust at Sunnylands

Travel Cost - $350.00
Lodging Cost - $1,226.00
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,576.00

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation
Dates - January 13, 2003 - January 14, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Baltimore, MD

Purpose - New member orientation
Notes -

Travel Cost - $324.88
Lodging Cost - $188.13
Meal Cost - $149.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $662.01

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Thoma Cressey Equity Partners
Dates - April 21, 2003 - April 22, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Phoenix, AZ

Purpose - Participation/speaker at conference
Notes -

Travel Cost - $616.50
Lodging Cost - $680.63
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $1,297.13

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Morehead Scholarship Foundation
Dates - March 29, 2003 - March 30, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Raleigh, NC

Purpose - Participation in Morehead Alumni Forum
Notes -

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $140.00
Meal Cost - $75.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $215.00

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - New Democrat Network
Dates - May 16, 2003 - May 17, 2003 (2 days)
Location(s) - Williamsburg, VA

Purpose - Spring Retreat
Notes -

Travel Cost - $168.40
Lodging Cost - $300.00
Meal Cost - $140.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $608.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Harvard University, Kennedy School of Government
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Congressional health policy conference
Notes - Martha, spouse-other costs not specified

Travel Cost - $867.76
Lodging Cost - $923.64
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost - $112.00
Total Cost - $2,853.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - February 22, 2005 - February 25, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Cancun, Mexico

Purpose - Conference on education reform
Notes - Nashville, - Cancun, Mexico - Nashville

Travel Cost - $1,381.40
Lodging Cost - $1,200.00
Meal Cost - $540.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $3,121.40

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - American Australian Assn
Dates - November 6, 2004 - November 14, 2004 (9 days)
Location(s) - Sydney, Australia - Melbourne, Australia - Brisbane, Australia - Cairns, Australia

Purpose - Fact finding
Notes - Nashville - Los Angeles - Sydney - Melbourne - Brisbane - Cairns - Los Angeles - Nashville Including spouse

Travel Cost - $25,441.56
Lodging Cost -
Meal Cost -
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $25,441.56

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Harvard Univ School of Govt
Dates - January 15, 2004 - January 17, 2004 (3 days)
Location(s) - Fort Lauderdale, FL

Purpose - Congressional Health Policy conference
Notes - Nashville - Ft Lauderdale - Nashville Including spouse

Travel Cost - $867.76
Lodging Cost - $923.64
Meal Cost - $950.00
Other Cost - $112.00
Total Cost - $2,853.40

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Alaska Coalition, Alaska Wilderness League, Earth Justice, Natural Resources Defense Council, Sierra Club, Wilderness Society, World Wildlife Fund
Dates - June 26, 2004 - July 2, 2004 (7 days)
Location(s) - Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, AK - Beaver, AK - Arctic Village, AK - Kaktovik, AK - Fairbanks, AK

Purpose - Fact finding trip on Arctic National Wildlife Refuge oil drilling /energy and wilderness issue
Notes - Nashville - Fairbanks - Beaver - Arctic Village, Arctic Nat'l Wildlife Refuge - Kaktovik - Fairbanks - Gulfport, MS Including spouse

Travel Cost - $5,543.28
Lodging Cost - $725.74
Meal Cost - $290.74
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $6,559.76

Additional family members - Yes


Sponsor(s) - Healthcare Executive Network
Dates - July 15, 2005 - July 16, 2005 (2 days)
Location(s) - Boston, MA

Purpose - Speak
Notes - DC - Boston

Travel Cost -
Lodging Cost - $303.62
Meal Cost - $125.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $428.62

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Aspen Institute
Dates - August 21, 2005 - August 26, 2005 (6 days)
Location(s) - Dublin, Ireland

Purpose - To participate in conference on US-Russia-Europe relations
Notes - Nashville, TN - Dublin, Ireland - Nashville, TN

Travel Cost - $2,581.55
Lodging Cost - $1,562.00
Meal Cost - $700.00
Other Cost -
Total Cost - $4,843.55

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Heritage Foundation, Pepperdine Univ
Dates - August 15, 2005 - August 18, 2005 (4 days)
Location(s) - Malibu, CA

Purpose - Participation in the Heritage Foundation Conference
Notes - Nashville, TN - Malibu, CA - Nashville, TN

Travel Cost - $780.90
Lodging Cost - $447.00
Meal Cost - $416.89
Other Cost - $35.00
Total Cost - $1,679.79

Additional family members - No


Sponsor(s) - Electronic Industries Alliance, Ceridian Corp
Dates - October 7, 2005 - October 9, 2005 (3 days)
Location(s) - Kiawah Island, SC

Purpose - Innovation and globalization summit
Notes - Washington, DC - Kiawah Island, SC - Nashville, TN

Travel Cost - $4,446.06
Lodging Cost - $510.20
Meal Cost - $157.20
Other Cost - $182.30
Total Cost - $5,295.76

Additional family members - No

American RadioWorks | Hearing is Seeing
Students in Kentucky taking a Common Core math test. (Photo: Emily Hanford)

Greater Expectations

The United States is in the midst of a huge education reform. The Common Core State Standards are a new set of expectations for what students should learn each year in school. The standards have been adopted by most states, though there's plenty of controversy about them among activists and politicians. Most teachers, however, actually like the standards. This American RadioWorks documentary takes listeners into classrooms to explore how the standards are changing teaching and learning. Teachers say Common Core has the potential to help kids who are behind, as well as those who are ahead. But many teachers have big concerns about the Common Core tests. The new, tougher tests are meant to let the nation know how kids are really doing in school -- but bad scores could get teachers and principals fired.

Recent Posts

  • 08.29.14

    Greater Expectations transcript

  • 08.28.14

    A teacher loses faith in the Common Core

    New York teacher Kevin Glynn was once a big fan of the Common Core, but he says the standardized testing that's come along with it is reducing students to test scores and narrowing what gets taught in schools.
  • 08.28.14

    Are you smarter than a Common Core student? Try a Common Core test

    New Common Core tests are supposed to measure students' ability to think critically, analyze information, and cite evidence as well as test their conceptual understanding of mathematics and their ability to apply math to the real world. See how you'd do on a Common Core test.
  • 08.28.14

    Questioning the Common Core tests

    In the United States, education standards come with tests. Most students haven't been tested on the Common Core yet. But in one state where they have, the controversy is so intense that it's threatening to bring down the Common Core altogether.